Crowns and Bridges: What’s the Difference and Which is Best for Me?

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Missing teeth can be inconvenient and embarrassing but don’t worry there are many solutions out there. Crowns and bridges are both great restorative and cosmetic dentistry options. 

At Dental on York, we are experts in both crowns and bridges. Our experienced restorative dentists can offer advice on the best treatment option for you. In this article we will discuss crowns and bridges, examining the difference between them.

What are Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are custom-made caps that are placed over an existing damaged tooth. They are used to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Crowns are colour matched to your existing teeth to blend in well. Crowns can also be used in a cosmetic sense to fix discoloured or misshapen teeth.  

Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth they are treating. The crown will then be custom-made in a dental lab by experienced dental technicians. Your existing tooth will be prepared to make room for the crown to be placed on top. The crown is then secured in place with a special dental adhesive. The process will usually take two visits to the dentist. If taken care of, your crown can last many years or even a lifetime. 

Crowns are versatile and can be used to treat many dental problems. They can restore function and aesthetics to a damaged, worn or misshapen tooth.

What are Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are usually made from the same material as a crown (porcelain or resin). Bridges are suspended between crowns to fill a gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is not affixed to your natural tooth or gum. Instead, it is attached to the crowns beside it.

Bridges, like crowns, are custom-made in a special dental lab. They are also colour matched to your existing tooth colour for a natural-looking finish. The process for the creating and placing of the dental crowns on your surrounding teeth is the same as the crown process described above. You may be fitted with a temporary bridge until your permanent one is ready to be attached. 

If you have missing teeth, then a bridge may be the best option for you. They offer a good solution to fixing your smile as they look just like natural teeth. Bridges tend to be a more cost-effective option than dental implants, though they are not as long-lasting. 

So Which Option is Better For You?

Crowns and bridges, while sometimes working in conjunction, are different treatments for different dental issues. A bridge cannot be used to fix damaged or discoloured teeth, so in this case your dentist may suggest you get a crown. If you are replacing missing teeth, then a bridge may be ideal. Your dentist will be able to advise you on both options. 

Damaged or missing teeth shouldn’t be left untreated as they can lead to more major issues requiring costly dental treatment down the line.

Wrapping Up

Crowns and bridges are common dental treatments. It can be difficult to understand the difference between them. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns are used to protect a damaged or worn tooth, as well as improve its appearance. Crowns are also used as anchors for a bridge.

At Dental on York, we offer both crowns and bridges. Our dentists are experienced in both and use the latest in dental technology. If you would like to know more about either of these treatment options then book an appointment at our Sydney CBD dental practice. 

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